Physical Systems
Faculteit  Science and Engineering 
Jaar  2017/18 
Vakcode  NAFSYS05E 
Vaknaam  Physical Systems 
Niveau(s)  propedeuse 
Voertaal  Engels 
Periode  semester II a 
ECTS  5 
Rooster  rooster.rug.nl 
Uitgebreide vaknaam  Physical Systems  
Leerdoelen  Students are able to: 1) describe the dynamics of mechanical, electrical and business systems in terms of secondorder differential equations; 2) solve the equations and analyze the system properties; 3) identify parallels between the three system types and assess the implications. 

Omschrijving  Physical systems is a comprehensive, integrative course in which the following, related topics will be treated: mathematical description of the harmonic oscillation, properties of mechanical systems with the help of conservation laws, timedependent phenomena, resonances, properties of simple electrical components, analysis of networks, timedependent switching phenomena, resonance of electrical systems, dynamics and modeling of a production process, instabilities in a production chain and bullwhip effect. The course includes three mandatory laboratory assignments: 1) Mechanical spring system, 2) electrical circuit, and 3) simulation of supply chain. 

Uren per week  
Onderwijsvorm 
Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(Total hours of lectures: 8x4 hours, recitations: 8x2 hours, practicals: 3x3 hours, homework: 8 sets, 1 learning community project, selfstudy: 83 hours) 

Toetsvorm  Opdracht (AST), Practisch werk (PR), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)  
Vaksoort  propedeuse  
Coördinator  prof. dr. N. KalantarNayestanaki  
Docent(en)  prof. dr. N. KalantarNayestanaki  
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Entreevoorwaarden  This is the first course which uses the knowledge that the students obtained during their last year of high school (Physics and Mathematics B) and the courses followed prior to this course (in Ia and Ib and in particular calculus and linear algebra). This knowledge is then applied to a few systems. This course connects to the course Mechanics given in the first block of the second year and the CAD CAM course in block 2 of the third year. 

Opmerkingen  Lecturer: dr. J. Vos. This course has six main components: recap of mathematical ingredients needed for the course, mechanical systems without damping, mechanical system with damping, DC electrical systems, AC electrical system, and Business Dynamics (with the common denominator of having resonances in damped systems). The knowledge of the student on each of these items will be tested by dealing with one problem for a given component with several parts (in total 6 problems). The weighting of all the problems is roughly the same with the exception of the first one (almost half). Each problem generally deals with the students’ comprehension of the material (~20%), applying it to the system (~30%), solving the relevant equations or questions (~30%) and working out some numbers (~20%). The grades (and the subgrades) are clearly indicated on the exam sheet and parts are generally well separated so that the student who does not know one part, can move to the next part by making simple assumptions. The students also hand in one solution in from a set of problems given to them every week (8 sets) and are graded on that (from 0 to 10). This will serve as a bonus (maximum 0.5 point) on the grade provided that their final exam has a grade of at least 5.0 and that they hand in at least 6 sets (the 5 highest will be used) one of which from the last two weeks of the course. In addition, the students are all active in learning communities. A few projects (somewhat openended) are defined for the communities. Each community will work on one project, writes a report and gets a grade. The active participation of the students is monitored by the mentors and is reflected in the individual grades. This grade will also serve as a bonus (maximum 0.5 point). Theoretically, they can get a grade of 11.0. In addition, they should have taken part in all 3 practicals should they want to pass the course. 

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